Following a PhD in molecular electronics, Peter Thompson worked in trace analytical chemistry for the Defence Research Agency and Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. He held a variety of technical, project and programme roles before joining the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), where he undertook business unit leader and customer-facing roles in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for defence and security.
Peter became head of the Counter Terrorism Science and Technology Centre, before returning to Dstl as a Programme Director for Science and Technology. Following a period in the Ministry of Defence headquarters, where he joined the Senior Civil Service leading Science and Technology policy, Peter returned to Dstl as a Board Member and Deputy Chief Executive, responsible for corporate strategy, governance, strategic relationships, communications and human resources.
Peter took up his present role at NPL in September 2015 and has overseen the laboratories development and growth as a public corporation, solely owned by Government.